FIVE SUGGESTIONS FROM A VETERAN HOMESCHOOLER: Lessons Learned the Hard Way by Wayne S. Walker
- Don’t sweat the small stuff. This was one of the hardest lessons for me personally to learn. If little Johnny or Susie doesn’t know the capital of Nepal or the value of pi to the sixteenth place, it might be a bit embarrassing when Grandma asks, but it really won’t make any difference in the long run.
- Don’t sweat the big stuff either. Yes, it’s important that little Johnny or Susie needs to learn how to read, how to spell correctly, and how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide. But they don’t have to complete the entire process in one day, or even in one year.
- Remember that all learning does not take place while sitting at a desk with a book or a worksheet. Allow plenty of time to visit museums, historical sites, and other such interesting places that are much more memorable than a lot of what one reads or fills out on a test.
- Have fun. For example, when studying fractions, bake a cake. The kids can see that one half of two cups of flour is one cup. And they’ll be able to visualize one half cup of sugar, one fourth cup of oil, and so forth. And best of all, you get to eat the results of your day’s lesson!
- And don’t forget this. Bad days will occasionally come. So when they do, take some time off and go out for ice cream, because ice cream will help to solve any problem.